Drone delivery of Covid-19 tests being piloted in rural area of northern Sweden

The pilot project could mean things like Covid tests or medicine will eventually be delivered via unmanned drones. (Freja Lantto Heldebro/Swedish Radio)
  • Region Västerbotten is investigating if drones can deliver Covid-19 test kits to people in rural areas.
  • Swedish Radio’s local channel in the area, P4 Västerbotten, reports that the region used an aerial drone to fly a test kit from Storuman some 30 kilometers to the east to a house in Gunnarn and back again.
  • Project manager Pia Kristiansson is optimistic about the technology but says some kinks still need to be worked out.
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Iceland: Iceland extends COVID-19 measures for at least two weeks, Eye on the Arctic

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